Life in God’s Story

The Bible is a library of 66 documents, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. Written over a period of approximately 1500 years by a variety of inspired people it is the most significant and influential literature in history. The Bible is a crucial document in the faith of a vast majority of the world’s population. This collection of books, while conveying the story of God and his people is not arranged chronologically. It is arranged more as a library according to genre, author and length. During this year, we will move together through the large movements of this Divine account in the order they happened. We will also focus on the key characters of the drama. Together we will find, “Life in God’s Story”.

Note: All service times are on Sundays at 10:30 am both in-person and on YouTube unless otherwise stated.


January 23- 102nd Anniversary Service:You Need Oil (Matthew 25:1-13 NIV) In January of 1920, a small group of adults and children felt called to establish a Baptist Church in Mimico. Within three years, they raised the money, purchased land and constructed the building. That same kind of courageous faith is evident in our church still. For more than 100 years, the people of this church have been declaring and demonstrating the good news of Jesus. We celebrate the faithfulness of God and his people. We are thrilled to welcome Rev. Cid Latty, a friend of our church and one who serves with CBOQ as the Congregational Development Associate.  He also heads up Small Church Revitalization of which our church is a participant. We are a community of Christ sharing Christ with our communities.

January 16: God – and so it Begins (Genesis 1-9) – It is valuable to know our Bible. We begin a series of messages called, Life in God’s Story. During this year, we will move together through the large movements of this
great story in the order they happened. We will also focus on the key characters of the drama. Together we will find, “Life in God’s Story”. The book of Genesis is
foundational to the story. Genesis is a book of beginnings. We need to understand the start to understand the rest of the story.

January 9: Life Together (Romans 12:1-8) As we enter into a third year of pandemic and all the necessary restrictions that places on us, we need to be reminded of who we are and what we are about. We have to recover what it means to have life together. 

January 30: Abraham and Sarah -Preparing a People of Promise (Genesis 12-35; Romans 4; Hebrews 11, selected passages). Human rebellion pushed the world onto a dangerous path. Out of love for the people and the planet God sets in motion a rescue plan. This plan involves a people and a promise. 

February 6: Joseph – Adventures in Egypt (Genesis 37-48, selected passages). Jacob has 12 sons but one of them, Joseph is his favourite. His jealous brothers in trying to get rid of him set off a chain of events that would carry huge significance. 

February 13: Moses – The Exodus (Exodus 1-7; 10-17, selected passages). Enslaved in Egypt, the people of Israel cry out to their God. He hears and sends a deliverer. God’s dramatic rescue of his people out of Egypt would become the defining story of their identity.

January 9: Life Together (Romans 12:1-8) As we enter into a third year of pandemic and all the necessary restrictions that places on us, we need to be reminded of who we are and what we are about. We have to recover what it means to have life together. 

February 20: Covenant Commands (Exodus 19-20; 24-25; 32-34; 40, selected passages) The relationship of Israel to their God was to be a light to the nations. It was to be displayed in God’s faithfulness and in the people’s obedience to him. Laws were given to help define the people and their values. 

February 27: 40 Years of Wandering (Numbers 10-14; 20-21; 27; Deuteronomy 1-2; 4-6;8-9; 29-32; 34, selected passages) As sometimes happens, along the way, the people mess up and lose the right path. God takes them on a 40-year journey to find it again. 

March 6: Joshua – Promised Land (Joshua 1-24, selected passages). The Israelites reach the edge of the Promised Land. Now what? It is given to Joshua to lead the people in the claiming of the territory. Today is the first Sunday in Lent, a time of preparation for the Gospel event.

March 13: The Judges (Judges 2-16, selected passages). In this part of the big story we see the long-suffering patience of God with his people. The Israelites are persistent in their rebellion and God is persistent in pulling them back on the better path.

March 20: Ruth – A foreigner of faith finds a home (Ruth 1-4, selected passages). Hope is sometimes discovered even in the midst of a hopeless situation. From despair, displacement and poverty a young woman joins the family tree of the King. 

March 27: Samuel and Saul- a Prophet and a King (1 Samuel 1-4; 8-13; 15, selected passages) Israel needed a spokesperson from God and wanted a King. God gave them both. They learn it is better to trust God with what they need and what God wants. 

April 3rd 10:30 am: David – A King of Promise (1 Samuel 16-18; 24; 31; 2 Samuel 6:22; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 59, selected passages) From being a lowly shepherd to being a mighty King, David carries the promise of a greater Shepherd and King to come. 

April 10 – Palm Sunday: See your King (Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm 118; Matthew 21:1-11) – When Jesus reveals himself as Messiah and King it is not what one would imagine a King to look like. Or, is it?

Friday, April 15 – Good Friday: Surely he was the Son of God (Matthew 27:27-56) So much mystery and wonder surrounded the death of Christ. Strange happenings and dashed hopes. It was a centurion who seemed to recognize something others did not. 

April 17 – Easter Sunday: Alive! (Matthew 28) The women were the ones faithful in following Jesus even to the grave. They were the first to receive and share the good news of the resurrection. With a combination of fear and joy they brought the news to others.